Installation Views

Works Exhibited


When I built the first model of the fish, I saw in it the movement that I was looking for. It was startling that a static object could express motion in such a dynamic way. 
—Frank Gehry

Gagosian is pleased to present Spinning Tales, an exhibition of new work by renowned architect Frank Gehry. It pairs large-scale elaborations on the Fish Lamps series with a new installation, Wishful Thinking (2021), and is Gehry’s eighth exhibition with the gallery since 1999.

Celebrated for his groundbreaking architectural designs, Gehry has also produced significant bodies of sculpture and furniture, from Easy Edges (1969–73) and Experimental Edges (1979–82)—chairs and tables made from layers of corrugated cardboard—to bentwood furniture items designed for Knoll (1989–92). The Fish Lamps evolved from a 1983 commission by the Formica Corporation to utilize ColorCore, a type of plastic laminate. After accidentally breaking off a shard of the material, Gehry was inspired by its scale-like appearance; molding wire armatures into piscine forms, he affixed ColorCore fragments to them.

In the main gallery, three outsize, internally illuminated Fish Lamps sculptures are suspended from the ceiling in dynamic, twisting poses, as if swimming through water. In these works, Gehry has used polyvinyl and copper for the first time. These central forms are surrounded by lively, colorful sculptures that are more baroque in their ornamentation. While these sculptures are autonomous works, the “perfect form” of the creature that they emulate reappears throughout Gehry’s architectural oeuvre, lending itself to the undulating profiles of buildings including the Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain (1997), and the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles (2003).

Frank Gehry: Rabbit print

Frank Gehry: Rabbit

Frank Gehry: Hatter print

Frank Gehry: Hatter

Frank Gehry: House Study Detail A print

Frank Gehry: House Study Detail A

Cover of the catalogue raisonné Frank Gehry: Catalogue Raisonné of the Drawings, Volume One, 1954–1978

Frank Gehry: Catalogue Raisonné of the Drawings, Volume One, 1954–1978

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Cover of the book Frank Gehry: Fish Lamps

Frank Gehry: Fish Lamps

Cover of the Fall 2020 issue of Gagosian Quarterly magazine, featuring artwork by Theaster Gates

Gagosian Quarterly: Fall 2020 Issue